(circa1850). Stock ID #136632
A beautiful Japanese colour woodblock concertina album of actors. 28 leaves featuring 16 full page woodblocks, 5 diptychs and 2 leaves with 2 images on each. 18.2 x 12.5cm. Some occasional insect damage and joins at fore edges professionally repaired with wheat starch paste. A little insect damage on covers. A very attractive album. Utagawa Hirosada, or Gosotei Hirosada as he was also known, was an exceptional printmaker active in the period 1826 - 1863 in Osaka. He is believed to have died in 1865. In this album are 20 of his own prints, with the others attributed to the other artists. Fans of kabuki eagerly sought his prints which, in some cases, as shown in this album include the names of the actors. On others, due to the restrictions placed on actors by the authorities at the time, the actors remained unnamed.
This album features images from the story Hakkenden (The Tale of the Eight Dogs) while others are from Chukoden (Tales of Loyalty and Filial Piety, or Biographies of Respectful Loyal Men).
A most desirable album the colours are bright and strong with many striking compositions. Each actor is portrayed in three quarter profile a style which Hirosada was well known for. This album was almost certainly put together by a keen 19th century theatre fan who would have enjoyed the leafing through the images of their favourite stars of the Japanese stage much as any film star fan might do today. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 136632).
Price: $2,795.00 AU